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Are there legal drugs that do what marijuana does in palliative care?

Are there legal drugs that do what marijuana does in palliative care?

Yes: Well, sort of. There is a medication called marinol, which contains thc, which is the active component of marijuana. Some patients say that they prefer to smoke cannabis as opposed to taking the Marinol pills, as some say the pills are a little too strong. ...Read more

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Palliative Care (Definition)

Palliative care is a field of medicine relating to the alleviation of pain, especially in ...Read more


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Are there any legal drugs that do what marijuana does in palliative care?

Are there any legal drugs that do what marijuana does in palliative care?

Yes. : There is a fairly old drug we have used for nausea and to stimulate the appetite in patients called Marinol (dronabinol). It is a cannabanoid (same thing in mj). Comes in tablets; taken a few times daily based on the reason for taking. It fairly expensive and a controlled substance. Schedule iii. For people on chemo w/ lots of n/v it can b wonderful. ...Read more

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I'm kind of confused on what is exactly an aspect of palliative care. Does anyone know the answer?

I'm kind of confused on what is exactly an aspect of palliative care. Does anyone know the answer?

Providing comfort: Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. ...Read more

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Is palliative care only used for terminal patients or is it sometimes used to alleviate pain in.crtitical patients who are not necessarily terminal?

Is palliative care only used for terminal patients  or is it sometimes used to alleviate pain  in.crtitical patients who are not necessarily terminal?

Anyone: They are professional managers of symptoms. This means if you are in a car accident at 25, you could visit a palliative doc for management of chronic pain associated. They provide recommendations not just for pain but also anything that can be treated to make someone feel better. Hospice pice is for patients with an estimated life-expectancy of 6 months or less. Sometimes they are the same doc ...Read more

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Whats palliative care?

Whats palliative care?

Relieve symptoms: Palliative care refers to medical care typically used for patients with terminal illness with a focus on relieving symptoms, pain and stress rather than a focus on curing the underlying medical problem. ...Read more

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Wht is palliative care?

Symptom relief &more: I agree with dr turrisi that palliative care specifically refers to care addressing symptom relief. This can be for pain, nausea, and even such things as spiritual or emotional distress. It is often associated with end of life care, but it does not have to be; however, consulting with a palliative care specialist can help patients and families address those big decisions proactively. ...Read more

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What is palliative care?

Pain control: Palliative care is care that addresses pain and suffering. It is comfort care. It does not seek to cure disease. ...Read more

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How do you get palliative care?

How do you get palliative care?

Palliative care: You can ask your doctor or social services in a nearby local hospital should be able to help you. ...Read more

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What exactly is palliative care?

Comfort care: Palliative care is provided for somebody who has a life-threatening disease that may cause death but it is not clear when. It strives to increase quality of life of the patients and their famlies. ...Read more

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Palliative (Definition)

Palliative care is treatment focused on reducing the suffering of an individual rather than ...Read more